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DLP Feb 2009 - The Dragon's Lair | by PeterPanFan
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DLP Feb 2009 - The Dragon's Lair

There are three levels to Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty Castle)

1 - The upstairs where the stained glass windows and displays tell the story of Aurora

0 - The ground floor where you can walk through from the hub to fantasyland and there is a shop on either side

-1 - The Dragon's Lair where they keep the dragon chained up

 

The Dragon is alive but normally sleeping fitfully (she fidgets constantly and breathes little puffs of smoke) but every few mins will wake up, swing her head around, roar, and breathe out a bunch of smoke.

 

The Dragon's lair is awesome and definitely a great addition to the castle; however, between the lighting level (it is very dark), the smoke, and her movement it is hard to get a good picture... you can use a flash but that pretty much ruins the magic of the layer... and even that doesn't work so well because of all her smoke. So here is my best attempt at a picture of the layer... it is a little noisy and the center of it has the haze of her smoke... but given the conditions I am pretty happy with how it came out :)

 

As a side note I believe (but I am not positive) that the dragon was the largest Disney animatronic ever until the Yeti in Expedition Everest... Since that is broken... guess it might still be the largest working one :P

 

Disneyland Resort Paris, Marne la Vallée, France

 

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Taken on February 20, 2009